Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin musical journey into the mystical, the magical and the weird. Prepare to be mesmerised by tales of enchanted lakes and bewitched brooms. But every good folk tale has a dark side. Are you brave enough to enter the twisted world of Duke Bluebeard?
Liadov The Enchanted Lake
Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Bartók Duke Bluebeard’s Castle
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Sir Mark Elder Conductor
Daisy Evans Director
Robert Hayward Bluebeard
Claudia Mahnke Judith
The stories are told by the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers (celebrating 70 years of musical magic this season) and conductor Sir Mark Elder.
We begin in the beguiling world of Liadov’s Enchanted Lake, where strings and harp glimmer like moonlight on the water and delicate woodwinds create ripples across its surface. But soon the spell is broken and we find ourselves in a magical workshop where Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice has brought a broom to life. Watching it pirouette around the room to its famous toe-tapping theme, he soon realises that you shouldn’t mess with magic.
Finally, proving that once upon a time doesn’t always end happily ever after, we reach Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. An impulsive young bride has turned her back on her family, only to uncover the gruesome truth about her new husband. With sinister strings, shrill winds and majestic brass, this one-act opera is a masterpiece of orchestral storytelling and a spectacular showcase for these versatile young musicians.
We can't wait to bring NYO's totally teenage orchestral magic to Manchester's Bridgewater Hall (5 January), Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall (6 January) and the Barbican in London (7 January). As always, tickets are just £5 for under-25s (plus booking fee), in association with Classic FM.
Before our concerts, we're excited to again be hosting our NYO Totally Teenage Welcome - an event exclusively for teenagers hosted by our NYO Young Promoters from local schools. This is a chance to discover the stories behind the music , and meet NYO Musicians and Young Promoters. Entry is FREE with ever £5 under 25 ticket.